Labour list MP Raymond Huo has announced his retirement from politics at the upcoming election.
Huo was first elected to Parliament in 2008, and has served either full or part terms in each of the last four Parliaments.
“I am proud to have been Labour’s first Chinese born MP,” Huo said.
“I had submitted my nomination form for this election within Labour’s internal timeframe but the subsequent lockdown enabled me to spend more time with my family and reflect on my political career.
“For too long my family has been secondary and the recent lockdown provided an opportunity for me to reflect on my future.
“Over recent weeks I have spoken to friends, my team, supporters and the community about my intention to retire from Parliament and can now make that decision public.”
Huo is the second Chinese MP to announce their resignation from Parliament in two weeks.
National’s Jian Yang on July 10 announced he would retire at the election, saying politics was “demanding” and he looked forward to spending more time with his family.
Huo went on to say: “I’ve enjoyed my time in Parliament, especially chairing the Justice Select Committee this term including overseeing the public hearings on the End of Life Choices Bill.
“One of the highlights of my parliamentary career was working on the establishment of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week which has been running since 2014.
“I am proud to be leaving politics with a new Chinese candidate Nasi Chen gaining a strong list position and with a real chance of entering parliament after the election.”